A review of the Noble Outfitter Guardsman flymask!






I think if this incredibly constructed flymask fits the shape of your horse’s face, you are golden.

These are beautifully constructed flymasks and they have thought of everything. These will not collapse on their eyes, they have a removable nose band, ears if wanted, reflective stripes, smooth comfort fitting, a hook for hanging and a name tag on each double velcro.

These are beautifully constructed flymasks and they have thought of everything. These will not collapse on their eyes, they have a removable nose band, ears if wanted, reflective stripes, smooth comfort fitting, a hook for hanging and a name tag on each double velcro.

This is how it should fit.

This is how it should fit.

THE ADVANTAGES ARE MANY…

There are many, many advantages to the Noble Equine Guardsman flymask:

It won’t lose its shape, it won’t poke them in the eye, the double velcro is very strong, it will give ample ear clearance, it does have reflective tape, it does have a place to write their name and it does have a removable nose piece, it has a handy place to hang it so you don’t ruin it over a hook and I think it is comfortable – nothing that pokes.

Every mask comes with an attachable nose piece.  You can also get ears or no ears.  The fabric is quality, the construction is great and all of the ideas are very good.  This mask will definitely NOT rub your horse’s eyes.

This is a very quality fly mask.  No question.

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FOR ME…

So I have been trying these for a few weeks now.  I really wanted them to work.  And they did, for two of my horses.

The rest of my horses are too narrow headed.

I never realized that I seem to acquire narrow headed horses.

Anyway, to be honest, I feel this mask does not fit narrow headed horses as well as wider headed horses.  I feel this would be a great flymask for typical TBs, QHs and other larger framed horses.

The reason why it doesn’t fit skinny faces well, I think, is because of the fact that it has a structure.  And, that structure is built for wider heads.  So, on my smaller faced horses, no matter what the size, the forehead and nose parts were too wide.  This allowed for a gap at the ears and at the nose.

This is BG, a narrow headed TWH. As you can see, it fit her in length, but left gaps around her ears. Flies could fly in and bug her.

This is BG, a narrow headed TWH. As you can see, it fit her in length, but left gaps around her ears. Flies could fly in and bug her.

This is Gwen. The mask that fit her was very loose at the nose. She also has a narrow, Morgan face.

This is Gwen. The mask that fit her was very loose at the nose. She also has a narrow, Morgan face. Also, with her very thick and long forelock, I had no way to pull it through.

EARS vs NO EARS and the NOSEBAND

Remi has a larger head, but it is also narrow.  I gave her the Xtra large and it fit her long ears… but I was not able to tighten it around her face so she was able to slip it off fairly easily.  however, I know she liked the fit because she didn’t fuss at all when I applied it.

I think the ears are better because it closes off that hole up top where the flies can get in.  So, if your horse has a normal horse head and you use ears, this is a great mask for you.

Personally, I use the nosebands.  Why not?  In heavy fly years and for light colored horses, there is nothing better!

FINAL THOUGHTS

I wish I could say it was a slam dunk for us… but that is why there are so many different shaped hats and shoes for ladies.  They all fit us differently.  I know I like Brooks running shoes and Hubby can only fit in New Balance.  So… it is a matter of shape and fit.

If this mask fits your horse, you are golden because it is an excellently constructed mask that takes owner and horse under healthy consideration with its design.

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3 comments have been posted...

  1. Pam

    I thought I’d mention that if you want to order one of these fly masks, I found them on the Riding Warehouse website so you help the monthly Bucket Fund if you use the link on the Horse and Man page.
    You have to type in Noble Outfitters fly mask in order to find it. I typed in fly mask and the NO fly mask didn’t come up.

  2. Marge

    Why would anyone put a black flay mask on their horse?? The color black draws flies!!

  3. Mary Lu Kennedy

    I had to return my Noble Fly mask due to the gigantic holes for the ears. I have never seen such large
    openings for the ears. They seemed twice the size of my Cashels. They took it back without a problem but I don’t think they have credited my card as yet.

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